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« on: March 01, 2013 05:01:25 AM »



I am such a huge texture junkie. If I can add any tactile qualities to anything I'm working on, I totally go for it. So when I decided to make some art for ThriftyLiving4U in the latest IYP round I decided to get creative and play around. I got a lot of inspiration from LeapFeetFirst who has been creating fabulous mini canvases along these lines. I still have more playing around to do but here's a first attempt and I'm very pleased as to how it all came out.

I started with an 8 x 10 inch canvas that I glued a bunch of random paper ephemera on. Then I took some stencils and used them as a resist so that when I coated it thickly with gesso it created an incredible raised shape!! (Apologies - I was going to link the tutorial I used but the page is down for some reason)



I took a bunch of pictures to show the dimensionality!!





After the gesso dried fully I glopped on some granulated texture paste, a bunch of acrylic paints, and then my own homemade alcohol inks. The alcohol inks weren't as vibrant as I had hoped. I tried food coloring and kool-aid but in the end broke down and went out to buy the real deal because I wanted that vibrant color. At this stage I did also try to sprinkle alcohol onto watered down acrylics for a neat effect but it didn't work out so well. Hence, more paint to come!



More layering. I wanted to try to add a crackle effect by painting acrylics over barely dried glue and it sort of worked, but not to my satisfaction. I might have to break down and get some crackle medium the next time I'm at the store for a real crackly effect. I also had some "pouring medium" which is the black areas. It creates a gorgeously slick look that will stay even after drying. Love it!



So at this point, the whole thing is looking like a hot mess, so I went back in with more gesso to tone down the colors so I could rework it again. After the gesso I dripped some india ink and let it run a bit.





A close up of the corner - I love the way the different layers show through, and the touches of color at the tops



And a final picture!!!

A final layer of alcohol ink spritz (with the real deal, look how much more vibrant it is!), some mica powder highlighting, detailing the butterfly, etc. I just wish my pictures could convey the texture a bit better. Oh well, use your imagination  Smiley



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« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2013 02:13:47 PM »

another lovely piece! I just want to reach through my screen and touch it :-)

What stencils did you use for the cool leaves and circle-y pods at the top?
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« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2013 02:23:12 PM »

another lovely piece! I just want to reach through my screen and touch it :-)

What stencils did you use for the cool leaves and circle-y pods at the top?

Thanks Mel! You totally have been inspiring me with all the awesome stuff you've been making.

I found the stencil (both were on the same stencil) at Joanns in the stencil/wall decorating aisle.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2013 04:51:58 PM »

I love how you documented the whole process!  It was so much to see it all come together like that!  I love it!
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« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2013 04:00:31 AM »

Wow! That looks awesome! It look like it was so much fun too!
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« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2013 10:28:18 AM »

Lovely, just lovely!
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« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2013 08:59:38 PM »

OK, I'm late to the party, but thanks for the tute!
I am the lucky lucky girl that gets to have this awesome piece of art hanging in my house!
I love it!  I have even gotten that resin sand because I liked your effect so much.  I didn't realize that you put gesso over it though...good to know!
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« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2013 09:44:24 AM »

Damn, you never cease to amaze me!
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« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2013 09:59:24 AM »

Damn, you never cease to amaze me!

Aww thank you  Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2013 06:36:12 PM »

I keep wanting to try texture paints and haven't done it yet - this makes me want to run out and get some! Beautiful project, sheepblue!
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